Onward We Charge

Onward We Charge

The Heroic Story of Darby’s Rangers in World War II

Written by: H. Paul Jeffers

  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101211823
  • 320 Pages
  • NAL
  • Adult


“A terrific read.”—Larry Alexander, New York Times Bestselling Coauthor of A Higher Call

Colonel William Darby was a hero by anyone’s standards. His elite battalion of Army Rangers paved the way for Ranger success in subsequent wars—and left an unforgettable legacy in its wake.

On a beach in Salerno in 1943, shortly after the American invasion, a staff officer stopped an Army Ranger and asked him where he might find William Darby. The soldier replied, “You’ll never find him this far back.”
Darby was one of the most successful—and admirable—officers of World War II. At the start of the war he was an artillery captain and a general’s aide. But by 1945, he was a full colonel who had commanded Ranger battalions in twelve major battles, including the invasions of North Africa and Sicily, and the landings at Salerno and Anzio in Italy. Darby never led his men into a fight he wouldn’t take on personally, and his group of specially-selected, hard-trained Army Rangers became legendary for their astonishing bravery and deadliness under fire.
Onward We Charge takes readers from the beachheads of North Africa to the bloody campaigns of southern Italy, and to Darby’s tragic death by German shrapnel just eight days before V-E Day. This is the true story of a man who held his own beside the greatest military figures in history.


“In this well-written book, H. Paul Jeffers paints a colorful picture of William O. Darby, one of the remarkable commanders in recent U.S. military history, and the uncommon men he led into battle. On these pages, Darby comes to life, as do the many battles his Rangers fought in North Africa and Italy. Anyone who is interested in the U.S. Army Rangers should read this book.”—John C. McManus, Author of The Dead and Those About to Die and September Hope
“A thoroughly engrossing, can’t-put-it-down history of a battalion of courageous men, and their leader, who helped lay the groundwork for today’s Special Forces. The book is a terrific read.”—Larry Alexander, New York Times Bestselling Coauthor of A Higher Call and Author of Biggest Brother: The Life of Major Dick Winters, the Man Who Led the Band of Brothers
“Tough, decent, cocky, and fearless, Bill Darby was right out of an issue of Boys’ Life, or a fantasy of Teddy Roosevelt. But he was the real thing, the warrior who created America’s most daring force in World War II, the Army Rangers. In Onward We Charge, H. Paul Jeffers brings Darby’s story to life with verve and skill.”—Evan Thomas, New York Times Bestselling Author of Sea of Thunder and Being Nixon
“In Onward We Charge, H. Paul Jeffers breathes life into a storied World War II figure, Col. William O. Darby. In leading his Rangers, Darby proved to be one of the European Theater’s most unique commanders, and Jeffers’s lively prose and clear writing rightly accords a prominent place to the figure. Jeffers shows us that wars are won, in part, because amazing individuals rise to the occasions when they are most needed. Darby stepped forward in World War II, and now Jeffers steps forward with this riveting study of a fascinating man.”—John Wukovits, Author of One Square Mile of Hell
“A vivid portrait of the indomitable soldier who forged the Rangers in his own image and led them through critical campaigns that testified to the courage and glory of World War II’s most elite unit.”—Gerald Astor, author of A Blood-Dimmed Tide and June 6, 1944: The Voices of D-Day